CU Phosco P122 / Phosware SO60

Lantern acquired in July 2007.

This lantern was also from John Thompson and is based on a design similar to the P152. The big difference with this lantern is that it is gear-in-head, which adds a considerable weight to the lantern. I do not know of any P122s in use in this area - most of the 'deep-bowled' 35 W SOX lanterns are sadly long gone.

The P122 would have been mounted to a CU column and bracket (similar to the one shown here) when in use.

These lanterns can always be recognised by the 'off-centred' appearance of the bowl - caused by the large hinge positioned at one end of the canopy.

The bolt holding the threaded tube from the bracket in place remains - it may be possible to loosen it with some 'gentle persuasion' although the tube itself may be more difficult to remove.

The underside of the bowl has a slightly stippled effect moulded into it in order to diffuse the downward light.

The bowl is meant to be screwed to the support ring but on this example (and all of the others that were rescued at the same time), it is loose. The screws are positioned in the ring and so I may try to use them to hold the bowl in place after the lantern is restored.

In case you were wondering why this lantern has been photographed outdoors, here is your reason - the capacitor is leaking oil, and considering the age of the lantern, this is likely to be the harmful chemical Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB). As it was, all of the internal wiring was asbestos-insulated, but this was removed prior to the lantern being given to me.

The ballast is enormous in comparison to the modern equivalents - luckily this appears to be usable. The brown blob on the right-hand side of the ballast is some more capacitor oil.

The leaky capacitor has wisely decided to hide beneath the ballast!

After depositing all of this slime, I can see why!

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